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Grant, Ted [real name Isaac Blank] (1913–2006), political activist, was born on 9 July 1913 in Germiston, South Africa, the son of Max Blank, a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his French wife. His parents divorced while he was still young, and his mother took in lodgers, including ...

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Hardie [married name Hughes], Agnes Paterson [Nan] (1885–1947), socialist and political activist, was born in the Scottish mining town of Cumnock, Ayrshire, on 5 October 1885, the eldest daughter of James Keir Hardie (1856–1915), socialist and politician, and his wife, Lillias (Lillie) Wilson...

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Lieberman, Aaron Samuel (1849?–1880), socialist activist, was probably born in 1849 in Lunna in Grodno province, then part of the Russian empire, son of Eliezer Dov Lieberman, a scholar of the Jewish enlightenment (haskalah). The family moved to Białystok and thence to ...

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(Jenny Julia) Eleanor Marx (1855–1898) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marx [known as Marx-Aveling], (Jenny Julia) Eleanor (1855–1898), socialist writer and activist, was born on 16 January 1855 at 28 Dean Street, Soho, London, the sixth child of Karl Marx (1818–1883), revolutionary socialist philosopher, and his wife, Jenny (1814–1881), daughter of Baron Johann Ludwig von Westphalen...

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Ethel Snowden (1881–1951) by Lena Connell © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Snowden [née Annakin], Ethel (1881–1951), socialist, suffragist, and peace campaigner, was born on 8 September 1881 at Gladstone Street, Pannal, near Harrogate, the daughter of Richard Annakin, a nonconformist building contractor, and his wife, Hannah Hymas. She had at least one sister and a brother. ...

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Thomas Henry Wintringham (1898–1949) by Haywood Magee, 1943 [during the Midlothian North by-election] Getty Images – Haywood Magee

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Wintringham, Thomas Henry [Tom] (1898–1949), socialist activist and military theorist, was born on 15 May 1898 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the third child of John Fildes Wintringham (1866–1940), a solicitor, and his wife, Eliza Mapson Workman (1868–1937). Both his parents' families were nonconformist in religion and in politics, and Gladstonian Liberalism was to prove a lasting influence. Educated at ...